Press Releases

Lt. Governor Forest's Statement on Filing Suit Against Gov. Roy Cooper's Continued Unlawful Executive Orders

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Opening statement from Lt. Governor Dan Forest's press conference this morning:

"This week, in my capacity as Lieutenant Governor and a member of the Council of State, I am filing a lawsuit against Governor Roy Cooper challenging the executive orders related to Covid-19 and the process by which they were implemented. This is the only option left on the table as all others have been exhausted.

Lt. Governor Forest Plans Legal Action to Uphold the Rule of Law Under the Emergency Management Act

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lt. Governor Dan Forest releases the following statement:

"Today, I notified Governor Cooper that, as a member of the Council of State, I will be suing his administration for violating the Emergency Management Act. The Governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State. 

Lt. Governor Forest on Plan to Reopen NC Public Schools: "Our schools should be full of students, not fear."

Thursday, June 11, 2020

"We need a plan that gets our students back to school. While I am thankful for the passionate and dedicated team of educators and health professionals who developed the plan laid out today by DHHS, DPI and the SBOE, it unfortunately does not set a clear path forward. The 120+ page set of guidelines, recommendations and requirements will cause more confusion for families after an already confusing year because the most basic question could not be answered by the Cooper Administration: 'What are the metrics being used to determine how our schools will operate?'

Lt. Governor Forest on North Carolina Losing the RNC

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"Losing the Republican National Convention is a devastating economic blow to the Charlotte region and North Carolina as a whole. Restaurants, hotels and service workers across multiple industries were counting on this business, especially after the major hit they've taken from Gov. Cooper's COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Cooper has delivered a clear message that North Carolina is not open for business, and the repercussions to jobs and livelihoods will be long-lasting.

Lt. Governor Forest's Statement on Riots in North Carolina

Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Committing injustice to protest injustice serves no purpose, can bring no peace, start no meaningful dialogue, and drives a wedge between a society that so desperately needs to unite. Our state does not support police brutality or support rioting, looting and burning of property of those who had nothing to do with that brutality. Swift justice is needed in the George Floyd case. Immediate enforcement is needed to stop the destruction we are seeing here at home. Both are wrong."

Lt. Governor Forest's Statement on Passage of HB536 (outdoor seating at bars)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

"I commend the bipartisan majorities in the General Assembly for passing a bill that would allow bars to serve customers in outdoor dining areas just like restaurants can. Unless the Cooper administration can provide specific science and data that proves sitting outside a bar is more dangerous than sitting outside a restaurant, this should become law - letting more North Carolinians get back to work."

Gov. Cooper's Democrat-Controlled Board Seeks to Undermine Integrity of Upcoming Election

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"Tomorrow, the Democrat-controlled State Board of Elections will ask the Rules Review Commission for unprecedented power to alter election rules to their benefit. If approved, these measures would let the Board of Elections accept ballots days after the election, delay vote counting, suspend due process and ignore legitimate challenges. None of these provisions protect public health. The State Board of Elections, appointed by Gov. Cooper, is simply trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine the integrity of our elections.

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